Kingston barber tests positive for COVID-19 after cutting hair in violation of NY order

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Dr. Carol Smith said in a prepared statement that the barber "has been providing haircuts during the last few weeks" at a barbershop on Broadway and tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Smith did not identify barber or the shop, but said in her statement: "Anyone who has received a haircut in a Kingston barbershop in the last three weeks is urged to promptly contact their primary care physician and seek testing" or contact the county's COVID-19 hotline at (845) 443-8888.

The "New York on Pause" directive, issued in late March by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, includes a prohibitio... on personal hygiene services at such businesses as barbershops, beauty salons and nail salons.

“We are taking extraordinary measures to try and minimize the spread of this dangerous disease, and learning that a barbershop has been operating illicitly for weeks with a COVID-19-positive employee is extraordinarily disheartening,” Smith said in her statement. “As much as we would all like to go out and get a professional haircut, this kind of direct contact has the potential to dramatically spread this virus throughout our community and beyond."

Ulster County has had 1,533 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 194 in the city of Kingston, since the outbreak began, the county said Wednesday. There have been 62 deaths countywide from COVID-19, and 657 county residents have recovered from the illness.

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